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David E. Shaw

Entrepreneur and ocean conservation pioneer David E. Shaw will be the recipient of the 2016 Making Waves Award at the Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit (BLUE). The Making Waves Award is presented to extraordinary individuals who “risk more than others think is safe, care more than others think is wise, dream more than others think is practical, and expect more that others think is possible.”

The Making Waves Award will be presented at BLUE 2016 on Friday evening, November 11, 2016 at Don Cesar Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida.

“I am honored to announce this year’s Making Waves recipient, David Shaw, for his track record and commitment to exploring how science and other forms of creativity can intersect to benefit the future of our ocean,” said BLUE CEO Deborah Kinder. “Through our Making Waves Award, BLUE celebrates individual achievements in the global ocean community, and ignites media collaborations and conservation projects that make a difference.”

David E. Shaw is an inspiration and an entrepreneur who has applied his talents to some of the most effective ocean conservation projects today. An emerging filmmaker, he has released his documentary titled Second Century Stewardship: Science beyond the Scenery in Acadia National Park. The film has come out on the occasion of the historic 2016 centennial celebrations of Acadia National Park and the US National Park Service. He is founder of Blackpoint Group, Treasurer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a director of the National Parks Foundation, and a founding Advisory Board member to Curiosity Stream, to name some of his esteemed affiliations and appointments. Among many awards and honorary doctorates, he also received the Maine Creative Industries Award. Shaw and the executive committee of the Sargasso Sea Alliance were named “2013 International SeaKeepers of the Year” by The International SeaKeepers Society.

BLUE 2016 Ocean Film Festival Conservation Summit, will take place November 10 to 13, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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